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An Introduction to Fifty Years of Gideon

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“Two years ago, the Iowa Law Review marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Batson v. Kentucky’s landmark ban on race-based peremptory jury challenges with a remarkable symposium issue. Shortly thereafter, while teaching criminal procedure, I reached the right to counsel chapter, which opens with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright. The realization that Gideon would arrive at the half-century milestone brought inspiration. Surely, Gideon had also earned a scholarly event commemorating its special anniversary. . . .”

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